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April 2019

Council Minutes

For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
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Bulk Item Pickup Now Available 

With spring upon us, the City of Windsor is reminding residents that they can once again take advantage of the Bulk Furniture Pickup Program in 2019. The program restarts for the season with its first round of pickups this month.

Collection is carried out by zones during the first four Fridays of the month. During holiday weeks, collection occurs on Saturday. To determine the collection day for your zone, simply call 311, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

“With spring cleaning just getting underway for many residents, we want to remind them that our bulk furniture pickup program is a great way to get rid of those larger items that they might be unable to transport to our public depot,” said Environmental Services Manager Anne Marie Albidone.

Specific criteria outlining what items are acceptable and not acceptable are outlined on the Residential Bulk Furniture Collection page.

There is a maximum of two items per pickup, and the cost for the service is $10 per item.

Bulk item collection began in 2017 operating on a 6-month schedule. At the time, the price was $20 per item. Last year, the price was dropped to $10 an item, and during the recent 2019 budget session council approved funding to make it a year-round service.

To book a pickup, call 311 Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays, and 311 staff will advise you of available dates. A credit card can be accepted over the phone, or cash and debit can be accepted at our Customer Care Centres, though your actual appointment must still be booked first by calling 311.

For more details, watch our video with Jim Leether of Environmental Services. Additional information can be found including schedules, tips and restrictions, by visiting our Residential Bulk Furniture Collection page.

Windsor Takes Over Historic Paul Martin Building

The City of Windsor is investing in a piece of Windsor’s history and downtown vitality at the same time.

The Paul Martin Building at 185 Ouellette Avenue, a central and prominent structure in Windsor’s core is being purchased from the federal government for ten dollars.

“After years of collaboration, our federal government is pleased to announce that we are transferring the Paul Martin Building to the City of Windsor. We recognize how important this heritage building is to the downtown landscape and have worked to ensure it remains accessible to the public for generations to come. Our government looks forward to seeing how the City of Windsor transforms this historic building into a vibrant public space,” said Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.

The Paul Martin Building opened in 1932 and is named after Paul Martin Senior, a long-time MP and senator and father of former Prime Minister Paul Martin Junior. The six-storey art deco office building fronts on Ouellette Avenue with a four-storey addition (1959) on the back. 

“This building is in a perfect location to continue our pursuit of attracting investment and people to our downtown core,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We can make immediate use of the addition on the back as a temporary site for the Central Library and have received strong interest from the private sector to purchase space in the front section.”

Plans are currently being finalized for library services to be spread over two floors of the Paul Martin addition.

“This site is in a prime location, close to bus and bicycle routes with plenty of parking available in the area, and it’s convenient for St. Clair College and University of Windsor students,” says Windsor Public Library CEO Kitty Pope. “Moving here temporarily will provide our board the time to properly research and plan for a permanent home while also bringing foot traffic to the core”.

Investment in Windsor’s downtown core has been growing, with Quicken Loans moving into the old Fish Market Building, the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation moving into the former Beer Market location and the nearby Pour House being purchased as well.

“The University and the College really got the ball rolling with their moves to the city core and with these most recent moves coupled with today’s announcement we’re excited about Windsor’s downtown,” said Mayor Dilkens.

Click here to watch the announcement video.

Bike Lanes Coming to Totten Street

As of April 1, 2019 the City of Windsor began installing buffered bike lanes on Totten Street between South Cameron Boulevard and Hillcrest Boulevard.

The contractor for the project expects the work to last until June, but once complete, it will provide a valuable connection between the recently constructed buffered bike lanes on South Cameron Boulevard and the bike lanes on Prince Road, as well as the trail that passes through the South Cameron Woodlot via Randolph Avenue. The painted buffer provides additional separation and comfort between the people on bikes and in vehicles.

Property owners along the route will play an important role in this project. Work done that has any impact on private properties will be repaired to its pre-construction state. The City asks that residents keep collection days in mind during construction and follow the instructions on the Project Notification Letter to help ensure no containers go missing.

Drivers travelling through or within the construction zone are reminded to do their part to make sure everyone goes home safely: reduce your speed, follow the signage and respect the flag persons when present.

This bike lane project will include widening the existing pavement to add a buffered bike lane in each direction. Roadside drainage has also been taken into consideration and incorporated into the design.

For more information on cycling in Windsor visit or call 311.

Reconstruction Set to Begin on Huron Church Road

Improvements to Huron Church road are set to begin early Monday morning that will provide important infrastructure upgrades and a new smooth surface to a substantial section of the busy roadway between Malden Road and Dorchester Road.

As of midnight, Monday, April 1st, traffic will be reduced to one lane northbound and one lane southbound and there will be no access to Huron Church Road from Malden, Prince/Totten, or Dorchester. The north-south traffic lights at Malden, Prince/Totten, and Dorchester will be in amber flash mode as of 5am Monday and will continue that way until Thursday when the traffic signals will be completely removed from that stretch of roadway.

Beginning Friday, April 5th, and continuing for approximately 6 weeks, traffic will be one lane in each direction in the southbound lanes of the road. Side roads on the west will be opened for southbound access only. The northbound lanes and all roads on the east side of the road will be closed during this time. 

Detour signage will be in place throughout construction.

Once this work is complete, further information will be relayed to the public regarding the next steps in the reconstruction project.

The 5.5-million-dollar reconstruction project is possible thanks to 3 million dollars in funding from the provincial government under the Connecting Links Program. The City will contribute the remaining funds. The work includes new concrete, replacement of existing water main and services, street lighting improvements and new traffic signal infrastructure. 

For more details on the project, watch our video with Operations Manager, Dwayne Dawson. For more information on construction and detours, call 311 or visit

Patching Season

A seasonal phenomenon arrives every year with the nice weather: road construction. Seen here, the City’s Public Works Maintenance Coordinator makes an appeal to drivers who find themselves stuck in traffic.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Silver speaking trumpet gifted to the Detroit Firefighters from Windsor in 1849.  This gift was made as a thank you to the firefighters for their assistance in saving much of what is now downtown Windsor from a fire, April 16, 1849. 
The fire destroyed buildings along the river around the Dieppe Park area, including homes, store houses, saloons & customs buildings.   The Amherstburg Courier and Western District Advertiser (April 21, 1849) recounted, “The fire bells were rung in Detroit, and the whole of their Engines, and all the Firemen…landed at Windsor…”
The trumpet is on display at the Francois Baby House, along with a few other Detroit fire items, until November.   These artifacts are on loan from the Detroit Historical Society. 
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